I realize that this type of post is totally subjective...each of us has our own needs + preferences and different skin + hair types. As with most things that show up in this space, I just write about what we do...with a thought toward the possibility that it may inspire someone else to take a closer look at their own practices. As individuals, we often feel like we have to do something because that is the way it is done. I think it's important to challenge those ideas + to think through whether we want to be a part of the have-to's...or whether we want to be part of the alternative. Anyway...
Here's what I'm doing right now:
Prep for the day ::
-deodorant (that weirdly shaped white thing up there) :)
-brush teeth with bamboo toothbrush + Tom's toothpaste
-let hair air dry
-put it up into topknot with hairbands x2 + bobby pins x2
-tiny bit of hairspray
-wash face with bulk soap
-brush teeth with bamboo toothbrush + Tom's
-cut my own hair
Summer changes ::
-Finally figured out the deodorant thing + am using the crystal deodorant year round! Up until now, I've used the crystal on all except the hottest days. I think the breakthrough smell I experienced was probably due to the use of antiperspirant the preceding day(s). Now as long as I put the crystal on before I start to sweat and don't deviate, it works. Trust...that's the key! :) Mine is still this one...I've had it for years. Next time I'll buy one that doesn't come in a plastic container.
-I'm not wearing make-up because my morning walk gives me a tiny bit of color + I like a fresh face best.
-Heat + humidity + all the water I drink allows my own oils to negate the need for moisturizer during the summer months.
I know that there are still some not quite zero-waste items involved here. I've addressed these before, but again...
-Contitioner- I've tried the bulk ones + they do not work for my fine/thin hair. The container of mine is made from recycled plastic. I try to make this last + recycle the container.
-Preserve razor- The handle is made from recycled plastic + I can recycle it when it dies. I only replace the head about once every 12-18 months.
-Tom's toothpaste- We've had a few dental issues + I'm not totally confident about letting go of toothpaste. Those toothpaste tubes plague my conscience though...so I'm going to get the nerve to ask my very picky hygienist for her thoughts on baking soda only at my next appointment...promise.
-Hairspray- I try to use as little as possible so it lasts + lasts...and then I recycle the bottle. I tried the lemon juice recipe, but it did not work for me.
Now I'm off to clean that drawer + put back only the summer necessities. It feels lighter.